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Hundreds to Participate in the Office of Women’s Policy’s 2010 Summit For Women and Girls

Women and Girls 2010 Summit: Thriving in the New Economy is a high-energy, interactive summit that will gather 300 policy makers and business and community leaders who recognize that improving the status of women is fundamental to achieve sustainable economic development. Through keynote and panel presentations, discussions and breakout sessions, participants will take steps to ensure true equality and opportunity for women and girls in a new, green economy in Silicon Valley.

County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Government, community and business leaders
Keynote Speaker: Joan Blades, Co-founder and President of, founder of

Friday, December 3, 2010, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

San José City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA

As investments in the emerging green economy grow, new careers paths are emerging to create higher-wage, non-traditional occupations and opportunities for women. Women and Girls 2010 Summit will gather 300 community, government and business leaders in Silicon Valley who are committed to creating, through dialogue and action planning, true equality and opportunities for women and girls.

The summit is the foundation of a countywide initiative to ensure that all women in Santa Clara County are valued and celebrated for their abilities, talents and contributions. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that women have access to education, training and career opportunities in Silicon Valley, with fair and equitable compensation, and flexibility in the workplace to support their needs.

Supporting Women and Girls 2010 Summit Events

Reality Tours
Thursday, December 2, 2010

In conjunction with the Women and Girls Summit, the Office of Women’s Policy is partnering with local organizations for “reality tours” to provide summit participants an opportunity to visit successful initiatives to advance women and girls and speak to women in non-traditional fields. Two-hour tours at various sites around the county will give participants a firsthand look into innovation and challenges for local women in the new economy, prior to Friday’s Summit.

  • Microsoft Tour for Girls – Technology Presentation and Panel Discussion with Women working in the Hi-Tech industry. A hands-on experience for 60 girls (12-18) and adults who register for the policy summit or the girls day. An opportunity to experience the power of innovation and technology, and to meet women scientists and engineers. Learn what skills they developed to pursue their current work at Microsoft.
  • Mt. Pleasant High School – H.S. Green Building Training Tour and Panel discussion with women in non-traditional green careers.
    (National Association of the Remodeling Industry, San Jose Chapter)
    This tour will feature a pilot effort to introduce high school students to green building. Participants will see the work of these students and speak to them about their interests and efforts in green building and how they vision their future studies and career choices. Women who are working in the green sector will speak about their current work.
  • Silicon Valley Educational Foundation – Panel on Advancing Girls through S.T.E.M.
    A review of best practices and local efforts to advance students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A panel of experts, including representatives of high tech and solar companies, will share how S.T.E.M. initiatives can advance girls and move them to higher wage and non-traditional careers in the green economy.
  • InnVision Georgia Travis Center Tour Participants will hear powerful stories from formerly homeless women who have moved to self-sufficiency through this One-stop center that assists individuals with shelter, housing, employment, public benefits and veteran’s services.
    Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010
For Young Women! Leadership through Creative Expression
Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1704 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
A daylong celebration and workshops for 200 women and girls 12-18 years old, utilizing art as a tool for advocacy and leadership. Participants will learn hands-on art techniques and leadership skills as a tool for civic engagement and social change for local organizers and artists.

Visual and interview opportunities: Please contact Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director of the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy at (408)398-0541 to coordinate tours and interviews.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 398-0541
Posted: November 30, 2010